Give yourself permission to move furniture, artwork and accessories among rooms on a whim. Just because you bought that armchair for the living room doesn't mean it won't look great anchoring a sitting area in your bedroom. And try perching a little-used dining-room table in front of a pretty window, top it with buffet lamps and other accessories, and press it into service as a beautiful writing desk or library table.
As seen on HGTV's Design On a Dime, this small, yet sophisticated eat-in kitchen offers a seamless look thanks to a crisp, clean paint job. Small pops of color, plus decorative bar stools, allow the neutral wood countertop and cabinets to really shine.
Having tile professionally painted can make a bathroom look brand new. And accessorizing can make buyers feel like they're in a spa. Put out items like rolled-up towels, decorative baskets and candles. It's a great way to create a polished look, and it doesn't cost much to do.
One of the things that make homes look so warm and welcoming is great lighting. To achieve this look, increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures for a total of 100 watts per 50 square feet. Don't depend on just one or two fixtures per room – make sure you have three types of lighting: ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under-cabinet or reading) and accent (table and wall).
The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. Make a house rule that for every new item that comes in, an old one has to leave. One of the major contributors to a cluttered look is having too much furniture. When professional stagers descend on a home being prepped for market, they often whisk away as much as half the owner's furnishings, and the house looks much bigger for it. You don't have to whittle that drastically, but take a hard look at what you have and ask yourself what you can live without.
It's important that a dinner party centerpiece not block the view of guests on the other side of the table. Something tall and slender can still provide a dramatic effect without impeding conversation. Add tall blooming branches to a slender vase and surround with pebbles, marbles or sand to keep the branches in place.
If your home is like most, the art is hung in a high line encircling each room. Big mistake. Placing your pictures, paintings and prints in such stereotypical spots can render them almost invisible. Art displayed creatively makes it stand out and shows off your space. So break up that line and vary the patterning and grouping.
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